Went downtown last Friday and Saturday with the wife (holidays...lights festival etc.)and started both days at Fox and Obel. As always, good coffee and excellent breakfast pastry. Dinner on Friday we went to the Saloon Steakhouse on Chestnut. Major dissapointment. I started with the onion soup which was OK but nothing really special, followed by a house salad with bleu cheese dressing (which was quite tasty). Wife had the house salad with ranch dressing which said said was spoiled and sent it back. Switched to the balsamic dressing which was much better. We both had the prime rib (definately not "prime" -both served medium rare) which was fairly bland tasting and lacking any beef flavor. Sauteed spinach with garlic was good, as was the baked potato that we split. Service was OK, but it was hard to get a bread refill and had to ask twice. On Saturday took the wife to the Walnut Room for a last hurrah under the Field's banner. My wife had the crab bisque while I had the acorn squash soup. Both were tasty. I had the chicken pot pie which was quite good, and the way I remembered it from many years ago. Wife had the steak salad which was also tasty (the beef in the salad was better tasting and had more flavor than what we had at Saloon). Finished up with a slice of Frango Mint Ice Cream Pie. I'm going to miss Field's. Perhaps Macy's won't screw things up too badly. For dinner we went to Carmines on Rush. Not exactly Spiaggia, but good quality and value for a "traditional" style Chicago Italian Restaurant. Fried Calamari was especially good this night. Breading was very light and not too greasy. Ministrone soup was good as was the veal braciolle with gnocce, mushrooms and onions . Wife had some linguine prepared with sausage, meatballs, garlic, some EVOO and marinara sauce. She enjoyed it. Service, despite the crowd was very attentive but not overbearing.